My first camera was sent back to Amazon. You can read about that experience here. I have to admit though, this one was on me! When my replacement camera arrived I had the same experience. For hours I fiddled with it but again, I couldn't get my computer to recognize the camera. I installed the Garmin drivers on my computer, re-installed the drivers, uninstalled hardware, tried a second computer, but my results were the same. Eventually I pushed the microUSB cable into the slot with significant force and it seated properly. All along I hadn't been inserting the cable end completely. It was so small and I didn't want to break it. I didn't realize that it would take so much force. Couple that with the fact that the mating of the jack and plug are hard to see with the rubber flap right on top and my frustration factor was high.
|Where's that darn Garmin?|
|There it is!|
The Garmin Virb Elite camera alone weighs in at 6 1/4 oz.
The dive case alone weighs in at 5 1/8 oz.
Here's a little bit more information about the dive case and a few more pictures. The on/off sliding switch doesn't actually penetrate the case. Instead of a physical connection, the folks at Garmin decided to use a magnet to activate the unit. You can see the cylindrical magnet centered in the image below.
The lens end of the camera is positioned in the dive case using tabs on all four sides of the lid.
The camera is attached to the standard mount with 2 small spring loaded tabs and a fixed tab at the center.
The tabs attach to the camera just below the lens. There's also another slot on the back of the camera.
At the rear of the camera are the two cable connector slots. There's a micro-HDMI slot shown in the image below on the left and a microUSB slot shown on the right. That's the bugger that was giving me fits.
Inside the camera you'll find the removable battery.
Below the battery you'll find the microSD card slot which is shown below with a microSD card already installed.
The sliding on/off switch.
The camera is charged and turned on. You'll notice that the image on the display is quite dull. That's about as good as it gets. It should be fine for centering a shot.
The image below shows what comes with the dive case. Garmin included several small desiccant squares. I suppose those are to counter any fogging that might occur as the camera heats up during use. In fact, that's exactly what the documentation says.
In my opinion, the Garmin is the best camera for my needs. The reason that I chose the Garmin over the GoPro is the added features including in the Virb. The small but usable LCD display, GSP capability, Garmin heart-rate integration, as well as, the ability to integrate speed, elevation, etc. It not only creates a video of whatever activity but actually creates a video diary as it happens.
I can't wait to get outside and use it. Until then another video and picture of my dog will have to do. Together they should give a good indication of overall image quality.
You might notice that my grass looks like crap. That's because we had about 55 trees taken out and the grass has yet to recover. Atlanta - City of Trees!
Thanks for reading.
Don't forget to checkout DC Rainmaker's Garmin Virb in-depth review here.